digitization examples

a periodically updated list of examples of digitizations of early printed books that I draw from in exploring what digital facsimiles do and do not offer their users (updated January 24, 2015)

6 different digitizations of 6 different copies of the Nuremberg Chronicle:

Cambridge University Library (England): http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/PR-INC-00000-A-00007-00002-00888/1

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Germany): http://nbn-resolving.de/urn/resolver.pl?urn=urn:nbn:de:bvb:12-bsb00034024-1

Morse Library, Beloit College, Wisconsin (United States): http://www.beloit.edu/nuremberg/book/index/front_cover.htm

Vědecká knihovna Olomouc (Czech Republic): http://dig.vkol.cz/dig/iii47715/index.htm

Biblioteca de Andalucía (Spain): http://www.bibliotecavirtualdeandalucia.es/catalogo/catalogo_imagenes/grupo.cmd?path=10150

Utrecht Universiteitsbibliotheek (Netherlands): http://objects.library.uu.nl/reader/resolver.php?obj=000977671&type=2

You can also play this game with digitizations of Shakespeare’s First Folio: see my list of digitized First Folios; see also my post here on “What do we want from online facsimiles of Shakespeare?” for some analysis.

Folger books that have been digitized by the Library and that are in EEBO:

A devout prayer of S Ambrose:

Thomas Buckminster, A nevve almanacke and prognostication:

Thomas Garter, The commody of the moste vertuous and godlye Susanna:

Gray. 1591. An almanacke and prognostication made for the yeere of our Lorde God. 1591:

Other works to help us think about the challenges and opportunites of digitization:

Josua Sylvester, Lachrymae Lachrymarum:

The Bible and Holy Scriptures conteyned in the Olde and Newe Testament (Geneva Bible):

New Year’s gift roll of Elizabeth I, Queen of England:

Abraham Ortelius, Theatrum orbis terrarum:

Lodovico Domenichi, Facetie, motti, et burle di diversi signori et persone private (annotated by Gabriel Harvey):

The Archimedes Palimpsest:

The Great Parchment Book:

Other reading:

Sarah Werner, “Where Material Book Culture Meets Digital Humanities” Journal of Digital Humanities, 1.3 (2010) http://journalofdigitalhumanities.org/1-3/where-material-book-culture-meets-digital-humanities-by-sarah-werner/

—–, “Sizing books up” The Collation July 10, 2013 http://collation.folger.edu/2013/07/sizing-books-up/

—– and Matthew Kirschenbaum, “Digital Scholarship and Digital Studies: The State of the DisciplineBook History 17 (2014) pp 406-458; DOI: 10.1353/bh.2014.0005.

Finally, I keep a list of online book history resources that includes places to find collections of digitized early books.

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